Missing Link: Connecting Campus Clouds with Multi-Layered Networks

Project Description

Missing Link: Connecting Campus Clouds with Multi-Layered Networks

This project provides new software to orchestrate end-to-end connections over advanced networks, coordinated with compute clouds at the edge. The project views Open Source cloud technologies like OpenStack and Eucalyptus as the foundational commercially supported open-source technology for “Infrastructure as a Service” (IaaS) cloud computing. It extends these technologies and combines it with orchestration and network control software (ORCA, the Open Resource Control Architecture) to enable cloud applications to request virtual servers at multiple cloud campus sites together with bandwidth-provisioned multi-layered network pipes to connect them with other CI resources. It offers key missing elements for a future CI based on orchestrated control of pervasive virtualization—an emerging approach to shared infrastructure that meets long-standing goals of flexible, automated configuration and control of distributed CI resources. These new software elements areintegrated and have been demonstrated in a comprehensive software framework.